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US Coast Guard apprehends four drug smuggling suspects off Puerto Rico

August 26, 2017
US Coast Guard apprehends four drug smuggling suspects off Puerto Rico SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico -- US Coast Guard Investigative Service personnel took custody of four Dominican Republic nationals on Thursday, who were interdicted by the Coast Guard Cutter Joseph Napier in Mona Passage waters the morning of July 28. The night of July 27, the crew of a Coast Guard...

CHTA to work closely with Dominican Republic private sector

July 29, 2017
CHTA to work closely with Dominican Republic private sector MIAMI, USA -- The Caribbean Hotel and Tourism Association (CHTA) is deepening its partnership and outreach to hoteliers and tourism partners in the Dominican Republic. As part of a new agreement, a center of tourism information planned by the National Association of Hotels and Restaurants in the...

US Coast Guard tows disabled fishing vessel 35 miles south of Haiti to Dominican Republic

July 26, 2017
US Coast Guard tows disabled fishing vessel 35 miles south of Haiti to Dominican Republic MIAMI, USA -- The US Coast Guard was towing a 150-foot fishing vessel with 16 people aboard to the Las Calderas, Dominican Republic, on Tuesday. Watchstanders with the Coast Guard 7th District Command Center received an emergency position indicating radio beacon Saturday from...

Commentary: The saga and bravura of Haitian migrants

July 8, 2017
Commentary: The saga and bravura of Haitian migrants I was recently at the Toussaint Louverure airport in Port au Prince, Haiti, departing for New York City; the real action was not with JetBlue or American Airlines passengers leaving for the Big Apple but with the LAN airline transporting Haitian migrants to Chile. It looked like a well organized conspiracy orchestrated...

Nearly 5,000 Haitians expelled from Dominican Republic in June

July 6, 2017
Nearly 5,000 Haitians expelled from Dominican Republic in June PORT AU PRINCE, Haiti -- On Tuesday, the Directorate General of Migration (DGM) of the Dominican Republic revealed that last June 4,943 migrants had been deported to their country of origin. Most of the returnees were of Haitian origin even though the DGM indicated that these deportations...

Commentary: Antihaitianismo: Systemic xenophobia and racism in the Dominican Republic

July 4, 2017
Commentary: Antihaitianismo: Systemic xenophobia and racism in the Dominican Republic Despite their shared heritage, Haiti and the Dominican Republic have existed in a quasi cold war for centuries largely due to the rampant systemic racism that plagues the Dominican government and is cultivated by many Dominican citizens. Antihaitianismo is the present manifestation of racial prejudice...

Dominican Republic to strengthen tax administration and public spending management

July 1, 2017
Dominican Republic to strengthen tax administration and public spending management WASHINGTON, USA -- The Dominican Republic will strengthen its tax administration and public resource management with a $50 million investment loan from the Inter-American Development Bank. This program will help reduce the country’s fiscal deficit in a sustainable fashion by raising tax revenues.

Phase II of Exercise Tradewinds 2017 set to begin in Trinidad

June 10, 2017
Phase II of Exercise Tradewinds 2017 set to begin in Trinidad PORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad -- Phase II of the international military exercise entitled Exercise Tradewinds 2017 will be conducted in Trinidad from June 13 – 17, 2017. Phase I is being held in Barbados from June 6 – 12, 2017. Tradewinds is a multi-national maritime security and disaster response...

Killing of transgender woman in Dominican Republic highlights need for protection against discrimination

June 8, 2017
Killing of transgender woman in Dominican Republic highlights need for protection against discrimination SANTO DOMINGO, Dominican Republic -- The horrifying killing of a transgender woman in the Dominican Republic – the second such killing this year and 38th since 2006 – highlights the extreme violence faced by many transgender women in the country and the need for strengthened legal protection for...

Eleven Caribbean projects selected for European funding

June 8, 2017
Eleven Caribbean projects selected for European funding GOSIER, Guadeloupe -- The second selection committee for the Interreg Caribbean Program 2014-2020 has made public the list of the 11 regional projects eligible for European funding. Many countries in the Caribbean will benefit from these projects, as follows: 1. TEECA: Set up a trade facilitation team and...

Newly released Caribbean renewable energy index highlights opportunities for investors

June 7, 2017
Newly released Caribbean renewable energy index highlights opportunities for investors MIAMI, USA -- Pan American Finance on Tuesday released the first edition of the Caribbean Basin Renewable Energy Investment Index, measuring the investment potential in renewable energy for then countries in the region: Costa Rica, Cuba, Dominican Republic, El Salvador, Guatemala...

US Coast Guard offloads more than $32.5 million of cocaine seized in the Caribbean

June 3, 2017
US Coast Guard offloads more than $32.5 million of cocaine seized in the Caribbean SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico -- The US Coast Guard on Friday offloaded approximately 1,100 kilograms of cocaine in San Juan, Puerto Rico, following a May 25 interdiction in international waters off the southern coast of Puerto Rico. The seized cocaine is estimated to have a wholesale value of...

Regional trade promoted in the Dominican Republic

June 1, 2017
Regional trade promoted in the Dominican Republic BRIDGETOWN, Barbados -- Regional trade is a key component for economic stability across the Caribbean, and greater trade from the agricultural sector could significantly contribute towards the lowering of the regions food import bill from outside of the region. It is in view of this that the Caribbean...

Commentary: The View from Europe: Competition, connectivity and the Caribbean tourism market

May 27, 2017
Commentary: The View from Europe: Competition, connectivity and the Caribbean tourism market When the former US president, Barack Obama, announced in late 2014 that he was easing travel restrictions on US citizens wishing to visit Cuba, a frisson ran through the tourist industry in the rest of the region. Seminars and conferences were hastily convened, papers produced, and Caribbean...

Commentary: What does it take to solve a statelessness crisis?

May 24, 2017
Commentary: What does it take to solve a statelessness crisis? Three years ago today, authorities in the Dominican Republic passed a law seeking to address a statelessness crisis that has effectively stripped thousands of people off their Dominican nationality and with it, denied them a range of human rights. The crisis exploded in 2013, after a ruling by...

Jamaica PM concludes successful visit to the Dominican Republic

May 23, 2017
Jamaica PM concludes successful visit to the Dominican Republic KINGSTON, Jamaica (JIS) -- Jamaica has signed a visa waiver agreement with the Dominican Republic, one of several bilateral agreements brokered by Prime Minister Andrew Holness during a recent official visit to the country. The visa waiver will facilitate easier travelling for holders of diplomatic and...

Commentary: The View from Europe: Jamaica-Dominican Republic accord should give pause for thought in CARICOM

May 22, 2017
Commentary: The View from Europe: Jamaica-Dominican Republic accord should give pause for thought in CARICOM A few days ago, the prime minister of Jamaica, Andrew Holness, and the president of the Dominican Republic, Danilo Medina, agreed to work towards a closer relationship. Beyond the widely-reported desire of both nations to increase trade and investment, the language contained in the joint...

Dominican Republic energy group signs LNG supply agreement with Barbados

May 13, 2017
Dominican Republic energy group signs LNG supply agreement with Barbados SANTO DOMINGO, Dominican Republic -- The energy group AES Dominicana has signed an agreement to supply liquefied natural gas (LNG) to the Barbados National Oil Company Limited (BNOCL), from its AES Andres LNG terminal in the Dominican Republic, according to Edwin De los Santos...

OAS to support Dominican Republic in developing national cyber security policy

May 12, 2017
OAS to support Dominican Republic in developing national cyber security policy WASHINGTON, USA -- The Organization of American States (OAS) will support the Dominican Republic in the development of its national cyber security policy, according to an agreement signed on Wednesday between the hemispheric institution and the Dominican Institute of Telecommunications.

Caribbean nationals among 76 criminal aliens arrested in Florida and Puerto Rico

May 1, 2017
Caribbean nationals among 76 criminal aliens arrested in Florida and Puerto Rico BASSETERRE, St Kitts -- Nationals of a number of Caribbean countries are said to be among 76 criminal aliens arrested in Florida and Puerto Rico. US Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) said its officers arrested 76 criminal aliens recently in an enforcement action targeting...

PANCAP hosts youth meeting to discuss ending AIDS by 2030

April 20, 2017
PANCAP hosts youth meeting to discuss ending AIDS by 2030 PORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad -- The Pan Caribbean Partnership against HIV and AIDS (PANCAP) will host a meeting of youth leaders from 19 Caribbean countries on April 21 and 22, 2017 in Port of Spain, Trinidad. The focus of the forum will be a discussion on the role of youth in the national and...

Dominican Republic author wins Caribbean literature prize

April 13, 2017
Dominican Republic author wins Caribbean literature prize POINTE-A-PITRE, Guadeloupe -- Dominican Republic author Rita Indiana Hernández was awarded the Grand Prix Littéraire Région Guadeloupe on Saturday at the fifth Caribbean Writers Congress hosted by the Guadeloupe Regional Authority for her novel “La Mucama de Omicunlé”.

Demand for luxury properties throughout Caribbean region report significant growth in 2016

April 12, 2017
Demand for luxury properties throughout Caribbean region report significant growth in 2016 SEATTLE, USA -- The Expedia group, the world’s largest online travel agency, has reported that travel demand to luxury properties throughout the Caribbean increased in 2016. When compared to 2015, overall demand for four and five-star rated properties throughout the Caribbean...

Horse racing continues to thrive in the Caribbean

April 7, 2017
Horse racing continues to thrive in the Caribbean Horse racing has a rich history in the Caribbean: the sport takes place not just on the English-speaking islands of Barbados, Jamaica and Trinidad and Tobago, but also in Dominican Republic, Martinique and Puerto Rico. The most prestigious and popular race in the Caribbean is the Clasico...

IMF concludes consultation with the Dominican Republic

March 28, 2017
IMF concludes consultation with the Dominican Republic WASHINGTON, USA -- On March 24, 2017, the executive board of the International Monetary Fund (IMF) concluded the Article IV consultation with the Dominican Republic. The Dominican economy maintained the strong growth momentum of the past three years, which is only now beginning to...

'Don't worry, be happy' seems to have bypassed the Caribbean

March 21, 2017
'Don't worry, be happy' seems to have bypassed the Caribbean NEW YORK, USA -- The fifth annual World Happiness Report, written by a group of independent experts under the aegis of the United Nations, was published on Monday, but the concept immortalised in song of “Don’t Worry, Be Happy”, often erroneously attributed to Bob Marley, seems to have...

Commentary: We can and do help change the world

February 23, 2017
Commentary: We can and do help change the world It is possible to change the world. In fact, it’s being done, little by little, in every corner of the globe. I just returned from Mission Team 2017’s humanitarian adventure in La Higuera in the Dominican Republic. This work trip is an annual campaign led by St Michael Catholic Secondary School in Bolton.

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